Travel / Tourism

Qatar Airways to launch flights to Cardiff, Wales on May Day

Views - 25 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

Qatar Airways has confirmed that its eagerly anticipated daily Doha – Cardiff flights will begin on 1 May. The inaugural flight

First leg of 10th ‘Lanka Challenge’ edition kicks off tomorrow

Views - 33 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

The 10th edition of ‘Lanka Challenge’, the ultimate road trip for intrepid travellers from around the world who like their tourism experience fully

Qatar Airways to Codeshare with Air Italy

Views - 19 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

Qatar Airways has signed a codeshare agreement with Air Italy, starting 24 April.

UNWTO joins Tourism Ministers in calling G20 Leaders to prioritise tourism

Views - 15 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

The World Tourism Organization joined the Ministers of Tourism of the G20 economies meeting in Buenos Aires in calling

Warner Bros’ $ 1 b theme park in Abu Dhabi to open in July

Views - 44 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

Abu Dhabi (Reuters): Abu Dhabi hopes the opening of a $1 billion Warner Bros theme park in July will help it in its bid to nearly double the number of tourists visiting the emirate over the next few years.

China leapfrogs New Zealand as Australia’s top tourist source

Views - 27 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

Sydney (Reuters): China has leapfrogged New Zealand to become the top source country for travellers to Australia

Airlines inspecting Boeing 737 engines after fatal Southwest incident

Views - 36 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:41

Singapore (Reuters): Some major customers of Boeing Co’s popular 737 jets including Korean Air Lines Co Ltd said on Wednesday they were inspecting engines of the type that blew apart mid-air on a fatal Southwest Airlines Co flight on Tuesday.

Attack on tourists in Mirissa and the Sri Lankan male collective

Views - 558 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:38

The recent incident of Dutch tourists being assaulted in Sri Lanka brings home to me the reality of living in Sri Lanka.

Shangri-la hotel, Colombo, for an ideal ‘urban staycation’

Views - 47 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:32

Celebrate with a relaxing stay in the heart of the city. Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo, a destination in itself, offers a wide range of dining options, a fantastic line up of live entertainment by evening, an elevated swimming pool with stunning views ov

UK Visa and Immigration, VFS Global launch two new services for Lankan travellers

Views - 60 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:01

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), together with VFS Global, Sri Lanka, last week launched two important new services for the benefit of travellers to Britain. One was the Super Priority Visa service enabling a traveller to get a visa within 24hou

Miss Premier Ceylon together with Miss England to promote SL as socioeconomic and tourism hub

Views - 143 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

Premier Ceylon together with Miss England will be hosting Sri Lanka’s largest beauty pageant with the aim of promoting the country as a socioeconomic and tourism hub. The event is to take place on 26 May at Amari Galle.

Ceylon Investment Group bags Gold at Tourism Excellence Award 2018

Views - 16 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

Ceylon Investment Group Ltd. (CIG) received a Gold award for ‘Tourism Excellence – 2018’ at a ceremony organised by the Tourism Board of Western Province recently. Chief Minister of Western Province Isur

Minerals Gem & Jewellery wins Tourism Excellence Gold award

Views - 17 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

Minerals Gem & Jewellery bagged a coveted Gold award at the Tourism Excellence award ceremony organised by Western P

Sigiriya Jungles opens ‘Jungle Breeze’ Sri Lankan restaurant to celebrate Aluth Avurudu

Views - 19 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

SigiriyaJungles is an eco-friendly haven situated in close proximity to the iconic rock fortress and surrounded by verdant forests. Defining elegance and serenity amid lush flora and fauna, it provides the best get-away for those who wish to rejuvena

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island to build first-of-its-kind undersea residence

Views - 143 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island announced yesterday the submersion of what is believed to be the world’s first undersea residence, which will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2018. The result of a significant $ 15

New tour app brings heritage in Colombo to life

Views - 43 Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

Dutch heritage professionals are working together with locals in Colombo for a new tour app that makes shared and Sri Lankan heritage accessible.

Qatar Airways touches down for first time in Thessaloniki

Views - 26 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:16

Qatar Airways’ first flight to Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city, proudly touched down at Thessaloniki International Airport ‘Makedonia’ recently, as the airline’s Airbus A320 was welcomed with a traditional water cannon salute, fo

Oman Air starts operations from new passenger terminal at Muscat International Airport

Views - 25 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:15

Oman Air, the national airline for the Sultanate of Oman, started its operations from the new passenger terminal at the Muscat International Airport from 20 March. All incoming and outgoing flights were transferred from the current terminal to the ne

Emirates sets new record with over 1 million Wi-Fi connections on board in March

Views - 14 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:13

Emirates has set a new record with over 1 million Wi-Fi connections made on board its flights in March alone. During the month, 1,037,016 Emirates customers connected to the internet during their flight.

Sri Lanka woos Saudi tourists at Riyadh Travel Fair

Views - 192 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:11

Riyadh: Sri Lanka is an ideal tourist destination for Saudis who wish to go on a family holiday, a visiting official from the Sri Lanka Tourism Board told a packed audience at a presentation held at the Holiday Inn Al-Qasr last week.

Sri Lanka discusses with UNESCO on enhancing cultural and tourism cooperation with Africa

Views - 35 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:06

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union, Sumith Dassanayake met with Dr. Yumiko Yokozeki, Director of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for Africa at the UNESCO o

Aitken Spence Hotels conferred leisure sector winner at Sustainability Awards

Views - 34 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:04

Aitken Spence Hotel Holdings PLC was adjudged the winner in the leisure and connected services category at the recently held ACCA Sustainability Reporting Awards, joining the ranks, yet again as one of the most transparent, accountable and sustainabl

Sri Lanka Tourism impacts French consumers at Salon Mondial Du Tourism Travel Fair, France

Views - 40 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka Tourism participated in the maiden B2C travel fair in the French Market, Salon Mondial du Tourisme in Paris, France which was held at Parc des Exposition, Porte De Versailles from 15-18 March.

Rosy meets Sri Lanka Tourism to discuss Colombo Tourism Development Plan

Views - 226 Wednesday, 11 April 2018 00:00

A delegation from the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, headed by its Chairman Kavan Ratnayaka,

Cinnamon Grand rewards associates at Avurudu themed quarterly meeting

Views - 40 Wednesday, 11 April 2018 00:00

Cinnamon Grand held its Associates Meeting for the fourth quarter of the year 2017/18 on 5 April at the Oak Room

Sri Lanka successfully participates for first time at DTM 2018

Views - 81 Wednesday, 11 April 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka made its contribution for the first time at the Dhaka Travel Mart (DTM) for the first time and was able to create a positive impact among the Bangladeshis who were keen to spend a holiday worth their expense

Advance Baggage Service launches counter at BIA to make travelling easier

Views - 159 Wednesday, 11 April 2018 00:00

Since 5 April, all passengers travelling abroad via Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake have been offered another valuable service to ease their journey

Ukraine International launches non-stop scheduled flights between Kiev and Vinnytsia

Views - 23 Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:00

Ukraine International launched new non-stop scheduled flights between Kiev and Vinnytsia. Therefore, UIA domestic network includes non-stop scheduled flights from the capital of Ukraine, Kiev, to nine regional destinations, i.e. Chernivtsi, Dnipro, I

TUI buys Hotelbeds business to sell extra activities to holidaymakers

Views - 49 Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:00

Frankfurt/Berlin (Reuters): Europe’s largest tourism group TUI has expanded its business offering excursions and activities to holidaymakers by buying part of Spanish hotel room specialist Hotelbeds Group, aiming to take advantage of a growing mark

Sungreen founder wins Anuradhapura District Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year

Views - 40 Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:00

Priyankara Bandara Athukorala, founder of luxury tourist resort & spa Sungreen Hotel, Habarana, has won the Anuradhapura District Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year - 2017 Gold Award. The accolade was awarded by the Anuradhapura District Chamber of

Today's Columnists

Designers of Sri Lanka’s Future: Episode I Nihal Ranasinghe

Monday, 23 April 2018

To sustain economic growth, Sri Lanka needs a critical pool of daring people who would see things differently and design a new future.

Lalith: An invincible legacy

Monday, 23 April 2018

The twenty third day of April, 1993 is among a handful of blots in our national hall of shame. It was the day on which a lone gunman, perhaps with conspirators yet unknown, acted to neutralise a political threat by depriving all Sri Lankans of the in

Sri Lanka lost its maritime aspirations 60 years ago

Monday, 23 April 2018

Protectionism was the key factor that prevented Sri Lanka becoming a maritime hub 60 years ago,when our leaders could not see beyond the horizons to develop the nation in the late 50s and early 60s, which opened the doors to Singapore to be what it i

‘The Ants’ as a ‘disruptive’ teledrama: Managerial insights

Monday, 23 April 2018

I hardly watch teledramas, not only because I value my time but also because of their questionable value.

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